Alan Pardew hits back at 'pre-historic' Sam Allardyce

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Alan Pardew has hit out at Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce for claiming his Crystal Palace side would be "on the pop" before their visit to Tyneside.

Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at St James's Park this afternoon to climb out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

The game was decided by a stunning second-half free-kick from Andros Townsend.

Sunderland dropped into the bottom three after drawing 1-1 with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Allardyce had questioned the motivation of Pardew's players on Thursday in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final win over Watford last weekend.

“Palace are in the FA Cup final and they would all have been celebrating," he said. "They would all have been on the pop.

“They won’t be mentally ready for it, and neither will Alan, because he’ll be thinking about the final now, not thinking about Newcastle away."

But ex-United manager Pardew his back after the fiercely-contested game at St James's Park.

Pardew said: "He hasn't got a case. Just send him the video. They're pre-historic comments. I don't know what era he's in.

"Three or four of my players don't drink. Perhaps he meant Coca-Cola. It's nonsense".